RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVEJul 03, 2021 2021-07-02 19:35
RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE
RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE
Read: REVELATION 2:4-5
Meditation verse:“Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Revelations 2: 4)
Some years back, we got two beautiful peacocks: a male and a female. Since they were new to our home, we tied them to a shrub in a corner of the compound to prevent them from wandering away. They were feed each day on that same spot. After a while, we untied them so they could wander around. The house opposite ours had some peacocks as well and we woke up one morning to discover that our peacocks had wandered away to join those at our neighbours. They remained there for months.
One morning, we were surprised to discover that the female peacock had returned and was lying on the exact spot that they had been tied to before. We also saw the male peacock hovering close by. The female peacock had returned to lay her eggs. When it was time for her to give birth, she returned to her first home; her first love.
God uses simple and natural things to teach us important life lessons. In today’s reading, we see Him warning the church at Ephesus to return to its first love, else its lampstand will be removed. A lamp is a symbol of guidance. A lampstand in biblical times was the single source of light in the Holy place. It provided light for the priests to carry out their duties. So, without the lampstands, they would be ineffective. If you currently lack clarity in life, are in a place of restlessness and ineffectiveness, or you are so confused about your next move; returning to your first love might be a good place to start to get clarity. Your first love is where you connect intimately with God the most. You may need to put everything else aside and be still in His presence so that you can be fed, nourished, instructed and strengthened. For, “In returning and rest, you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15-17).
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye
Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?
Jesus says in Mathew 11:28; “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, this invitation is for you. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; all you need to do is invite Him in, by believing and receiving Him.
Are you ready? Here’s a prayer you can say right now:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of grace. I believe that Jesus died to set me free from my sins. Thank You Jesus for dying to save me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to live for You from now onwards, in Jesus’ name, Amen
If you prayed this prayer, please email me at email@example.com and let me know about it. I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my eBook; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your journey with Jesus.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.